Christmas Gift Guide, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Baby Girl

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small businesses that handmake and design children’s clothes and accessories. Therefore each of the gift guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. This is the fourth and final blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide Series, and is a Gift Guide for Baby Girls. I hope to provide some gift inspiration for anyone with little girls themselves, or know someone with a little girl!

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1. Personalised Flower Initial Embroidered Sleepsuit 

I’ve chosen to include this as a parent can never have too many sleepsuits for their baby! So by purchasing this as a gift for a child, you’re buying a practical yet personalised gift that will be treasured and appreciated! I just love how delicate the embroidered personalisation is on this sleepsuit, the added flowers are so pretty.

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This product can be found at Betty&SydneyCo.

2. Personalised D.O.B Vest 

This vest is also another practical yet treasured gift as it is something to keep in a memory box once your little one has grown out of it. Embroidered with your little one’s name, date of birth, weight and time makes this a really lovely gift!

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This product can be found by searching @abigailstitches on Instagram.

3. Gingham Pinny & Mustard Prairie Blouse

This is such a lovely gift as you can choose the colour options and details, then it gets hand made by the lovely Georgia, meaning every item is sewn just for you and each order is unique! Florence currently reps for Pearls Threads, and we have a discount code to share for you. Simply enter FLORENCE10 at the checkout for money off your order!

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These products can be found at PearlsThreads. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

4. Peach Rabbit Sleepsuit with Felt Tail

Again, this is a product that parents will love and appreciate! It is a super soft and comfy peach sleepsuit with a bunny rabbit design and soft, felt tail for added detail.

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This product can be found by searching @diddlesandsquidge on Instagram.

5. Leggings and Headband Set

This organic cotton leggings and headband set is stunning! It is made from the most amazing quality material, with detailed birds of paradise print and would make such a lovely gift for the little girl in your life! You simply pick a material from the website and can have it made into any of the following; organic cotton leggings, shorts, bloomers, skirts, tunic dress, long/short/bloomer rompers, dribble bibs, headbands and muslins!

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This product can be found at Zack&IvyCo.

6. Personalised Glitter Name Trio Tee

This personalised glitter name tee is such a nice gift for someone who has shared their babies name prior to delivery, or a baby who’s coming up to their first birthday or first Christmas! It’s always going to be unique, which is great!

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This product can be found at DarcielleDesigns.

I definitely couldn’t do a blog post on anything baby girl and not include any hair accessories! So here is a (rather large) selection of Florence’s hair accessories. I will split these into different brands with more photos and where to find them below.

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  1. Molly Bows Glitter Bow Clips

These glitter bow clips are perfect for the festive season! Molly Bows are kindly offering my readers a free bow! Simply use Freebowylm at the checkout to receive your free bow with your order.

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These clips, with many others can be found on Facebook (@Molly Bows) or Instagram (@Molly-bows). Don’t forget the discount code for the free bow!

2. HairBloomsBoutiqueLondon Bow Headbands 

I just love how simple yet lovely these small bow headbands are. They’re really versatile in that they match a lot of outfits and styles, and with the soft, nylon headband they are comfortable for the babies to wear.

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These bows can be found at HairBloomsBoutique.

3. BellesBows17 Christmas Bows

These bows are giving me all the Christmassy feels! I’m a huge fan of tartan, and love glitter, so having both of these incorporated into one bow is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to add these to little Florence’s Christmassy outfits in the run up to Christmas!

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These bows can be found by searching @Bellesbows17 on Instagram.

4. OurOlivia Matching Velvet Turbans 

You either love it or hate it- but I love velvet! These velvet head turbans are super soft and comfortable to wear, which is definitely a must have. I love this soft pink colour!

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These turbans can be found either at OurOlivia or @OurOlivia on Instagram.

5. LittleBearsBows Suede Baby Headbands

LittleBearsBows have the loveliest baby suede headbands. As Florence is currently a brand rep for LittleBearsBows, we have a discount code to offer you. Simply use FLORENCE10 at the checkout to receive money off of your order!

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These baby headbands can be found at LittleBearsBows. Don’t forget to use the discount code mentioned above!

6. IzzieBowsandRoses Trio Bows 

We love these bows as they’re super comfy for Florence to wear, with a simple finish but with the added extra of the gold sparkly centre of each of the bows. As Florence is also a brand rep for this business, we have another discount code to share! If you use FLORENCE10 at the checkout you will receive a discount off of your order!

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These headbands, along with others can be found at IzzieBowsandRoses. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

7. Olivia Grace and Co Fabric Bow Clips 

These knotted bow clips are the perfect gift as they’re fairly neutral and can be easily added to many outfits, allowing for more wear. I love that they are soft and simple, yet still add a delicate touch with their patterns.

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These clips can be found on OliviaGrace&Co or @OliviaGrace&Co on Instagram.

8. Mia Moo Bows Christmas Bows 

These bows are great for the run up to Christmas, getting that festive feel into everyday outfits! Loving all the glitter for this season!

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These bows can be found by searching @Mia_moo_bows_ on Instagram.

9. Arya’s Bunny Boutique Headbands 

I think everyone has a soft spot for all things Peter Rabbit for babies, so this is the perfect way to subtly have Peter Rabbit in all outfits! I just love how different these bows are.

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These bows can be found at Arya’sBunnyBowtique.

10. La Romi Matching Head Wraps

I absolutely love matching with Florence, and if I could get away with matching everything I definitely would! These black and white head wraps are such an easy way to match with your little one.

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These matching head wraps can be found at LaRomi.

11. Eden’s Handmade Florals PomPom Headband 

I love Florence in this pompom headband as it is something a little different! It’s super soft and is really easy to style with Florence’s outfits.

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This headband can be found by searching @edenshandmadeflorals on Instagram.

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Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle

Christmas Gift Guide: Newborn

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small, UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, therefore each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas and supporting those smaller shops. This is the third blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide series, and is a Gift Guide for Newborns.

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1. Zip Up Sleepsuit 

ZippyUp have created the ultimate ‘dad-proof’ sleep suit for newborns, that feature a simple two way zip rather than poppers. These are warm, 100% cotton, comfortable and practical additions to a babies wardrobe, one that would make a lovely gift for any new parent.

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This ZippyUp sleep suit, along with others can be found at ZippyUp.

2. Pineapple Print 

Do you know someone who hasn’t announced the gender and won’t until you see the baby? Although a lovely idea, that can make gifts rather difficult. This pineapple nursery print offers an alternative to clothing for newborns, and is a safe bet as prints can be simple ways to decorate a nursery or bedroom.

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This pineapple print, and other prints can be found at MamaDesigns.

3. Bear Dungarees 

I don’t think I can do a gift guide without having clothes mentioned at least once! BornHygge have some lovely pieces in, and because it’s an independent store, it is unlikely that the parents will have received the same clothes from someone else as a gift!

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These dungarees, along with other clothing can be found at BornHygge.

4. Baby Milestone Cards

Nested Fox have created a pack of 50 gender neutral baby milestone cards. They are unique in their design, in that there is space on the reverse of each card to write about that milestone. As well as this, under the cards, in the box itself there’s another unique addition to the pack; a space to write your child’s name, date of birth, weight and where they were born. This is such a lovely extra that I’ve not seen in other baby milestone card packs and is a lovely idea as it makes it something you can keep and give to your little ones when they are older.

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These baby milestone cards can be found at NestedFox.

5. Pink Noise Whisbear Sleeping Aid 

Not getting enough sleep is expected with a newborn, however there are products to make getting the baby off to sleep that little bit easier. The Whisbear is a sleeping aid that plays a soft, pink noise for 40 minutes when turned on, and then is able to react to a baby cry and play for another 20 minutes to help soothe the baby back to sleep. It has magnetic paws that make it easy (and safe) to attach to the cot or other product to be near the baby. It can also be used as a sensory toy! This is completely safe to use from birth, and is a gift that parents will continuously thank you for, for making bed time that little bit easier!

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    This sleeping aid, along with others, can be found at Whisbear.

6. Pineapple Muslin Squares

If you’ve read my blog post ‘Top Tips for New Mums‘ then you’ll know how much I recommend having plenty of muslin squares. They are handy for just about everything, and you can never have enough! These pineapple black and white muslin squares are double layered, super soft and 100% cotton.

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These muslin squares, along with other products, can be found at MamaDesigns.

7. Black and White Baby Sensory Cards

These are a great gift if you’re looking for that something different that you know the new parents probably haven’t picked up already for their new baby. These are a practical, yet very useful and appreciated gift as babies can only see black and white to start and this really helps their development. The pack comes with seven reversible black and white images, so technically fourteen different pictures.

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These sensory cards can be found at Bebedoubaby.

Thank you for reading. 

Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Mums

As we’re now in November and Christmas will very quickly be upon us, it is only apt that I share some of my finds with you all. I have come across some amazing small UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, and so each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. I have created a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog, and this is the second of the series, a Christmas Gift Guide for Mums.

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1. “Be A Nice Muggle” Print 

I’m really getting into having prints in the house along with photos this year, and love this one from Cloud2print. Mitch will be happy to know that he can finally have something to do with Harry Potter up in the house lol!

Cloud2print currently have an offer on- any 2 unframed A4 prints for £16, or 3 A4 prints for £21!

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This print, along with others can be found by searching @Cloud2print on either Facebook or Instagram.

2. Glitter “Mummy” Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift for any mummy you know! It is so easy to pair with any outfit, I love the glitter letters and how they are each a different colour. This jumper is super comfy to wear and is always a go to in my daily life!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. “Stay Positive” Print 

As mentioned, I’ve been loving finding small businesses that do prints, and this is another. There’s lots of different prints available, as well as the option to personalise. These make the perfect gifts as they’re incredibly versatile and can be made to suit individual homes and styles.

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This print, along with others, can found by searching @the_art_of_words_dorset on either Facebook or Instagram.

4. Blush Pink “#MumLife” T-Shirt 

Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe is primarily comfy t-shirts and jumpers to pair with jeans or leggings. This is the perfect addition to my wardrobe, it’s super comfy and has a baggier style which I love.

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. “Shh Mum Time, No Kids Allowed” Vanilla Candle 

Who doesn’t love a candle? I know that I could never have enough candles! What’s so lovely about this candle is its amazing smell, a lovely, comforting ‘very vanilla’, I’m thoroughly enjoying burning this candle. The pot itself is well made and looks luxurious, with its detailing across the wooden lid. The designs on the front of the candle vary, a selection are shown in the image below. The candle arrived packaged brilliantly, there was no chance it would be damaged on route. Couldn’t recommend this product more!

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This candle, along with others, can be found at Thecandlebrand.

6. Pink Personalised Mum and Children’s Name T-Shirt 

What’s so lovely about this t-shirt is that it can be personalised with not only the names of you child or children, but also with the year you became a mummy, which I think is just such a great touch! You can choose the colour of the t-shirt as well as the writing, which means you can create a really lovely t-shirt of your choice. I love wearing mine and often get questions as to where I got it from!

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This product, along with others can be found on Darcieelledesigns.

Thank you for reading. 

Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Older Boy

As we’re now in November and Christmas is almost upon us, it is only apt that I offer my opinions on Christmas gifts through a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog. Over the year I have found some amazing small businesses online that sell lovely goodies, and I’d love to share some of those with my readers. Therefore, each of the Gift Guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. The first blog in this series is the Christmas Gift Guide for Older Boys. Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 17.42.07.png

  1. Personalised Christmas Jumper 

This personalised Christmas jumper is a cool gift for someone who wants something a little different as oppose to the traditional Christmas jumper. The jumper can be purchased from 6 – 12 months through to 12 – 13 years old. I know that Kaden will love wearing this for his School Christmas jumper day! Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 18.07.21.png

This product can be found at WithlovefromJJ.

2. Children’s Personalised Clothes Hangers

These can be made in any colour and with any initial to personalise. This would make a lovely gift along with clothing to make it extra special for a little one at Christmas. This lovely store has lots of different wooden goodies that would make the perfect gifts for a nursery or child!

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This product can be found by searching @Thelittlewoodenden on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. Slime Baff 

If you haven’t already seen, my previous blog post is a review on the Slime Baff and another of the Zimpli Kids products. Kaden loved experimenting in the bath with the Slime Baff! This gift would be great as something different and exciting for children.

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This product can be found at ZimpliKids

4. Personalised Initial Tracksuit 

This is such a nice gift idea for a young boy, as it’s both practical and useful but also something with a twist so it is still interesting for the kiddies! Kaden loves the idea that his tracksuit has his initials on and can’t wait to wear it and show it off!

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. Personalised Star Initial Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift in which the personalisation is well styled and subtle. It has lovely details on the elbows to mirror the front of the jumper. Kaden loves his and will definitely get a lot of wear out of it!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

6. Personalised Name Cushion 

There are many different cushion choices on the website, but I’ve chosen to include this particular one as I think it would look great with the personalised bedding set, also from. The.Crashers!

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The Crashers are very kindly offering my readers a 15% discount code– valid with the code YLM15.

This product can be found at The.Crashers

7. Personalised Story Book 

This is a lovely gift for the young people in your lives, a personalised story in which the children themselves feature in! On the website, you are able to personalise the character that will appear throughout the story book, as shown below. There is also an option to add a personal message, which will appear at the start of the book.

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The story book will take your child or loved one through a special story in which they get to see themselves included throughout. What a great way to get children reading, and a lovely memory to keep!

This product can be found at Chapterful.

8. Personalised Bedding Set 

This is a lovely, different gift for a little boy that seems to have everything! It adds a very simple, but cool effect to a little one’s bedroom without being too in your face. It is available as both single and double bedding.

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The Crashers are offering a 15% discount to my readers, through the code YLM15.

This product can be found at The.Crashers.

9. Personalised Initial Name Jumper 

Just when you thought I couldn’t add anything else personalised to this Christmas Gift Guide, I did! I love the design of this jumper, and think it would be such a lovely gift for a little boy!

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

 

Thank you for reading. 

Product Review

Zimpli Kids Review

We were very kindly sent some Simple Kids products to have fun with and review.

The products are suitable for children over the age of three, so unfortunately it was just Kaden testing them out this time! What’s great about these products is that they are made from no harmful chemicals, kind on skin and environmentally safe.

The first was the Gelli Baff in Lava Blast Red.

The instructions are easy to follow, with just three simple steps. The first being to fill the bath up with warm water to the specified amount (not exceeding 8cm/3inch). Then we had to gently sprinkle the Gelli Baff Step 1 sachet slowly and evenly over the water, and then stir in with your hands. After 5 – 10 minutes the Gelli Baff will form and it is ready to enjoy!

Once Kaden had finished playing, it was time to dissolve the Gelli. To do so, all we had to do was evenly sprinkle the Step 2 satchet over the Gelli, whilst Kaden was still in the bath, then stir it all in to create a more drainable liquid. I was a little worried that the Gelli would clog the drain, however it is completely safe to go down the drain, which makes cleaning up so much easier.

The second product was the Slime Baff, also known as Ooze Baff.

Again, this product has super easy instructions to follow to set up the Slime Baff. The only difference is that the longer you stir in this product, the thicker the slime will be after letting it set for 10 – 15 minutes.

The Slime Baff is slightly different to the Gelli Baff when it comes to draining. What Zimpli Kids recommend is to dilute the slime by adding some more water into the bath. Again, this product will not clog drains, so there is no worry when draining the slime.

Kaden loved trying out these products from Zimpli Kids! He thought the different colours and textures were both gross and fun!

Both Gelli Baff and Ooze Baff can be found at Zimpli Kids, as well as other fun products for children.

Thanks for reading.  

memories, Motherhood

0-3 Month Update

Florence Grace Bradley-Herd

0-3 Month Update

An absolute cliche but honestly where has the last three months gone?! You don’t feel like a tiny little baby any more and you have changed significantly in three months. Gone are the worries of how our family would change, you have slotted in in the most natural way and it is as if you have always been here. Our darling little girl.

We all joked that you were holding out for your Uncle’s birthday when you hadn’t arrived by your due date… lo and behold you arrived four days overdue, the day of his birthday!

Due date: 22nd July 2018

Birth date: 26th July 2018

You still don’t sleep for longer than three hours in between feeds during the night, but I’m sure that will come with time. During the day you like to have a morning nap which can last anywhere between an hour to three.For the rest of the day you generally ‘cat nap’ which lasts about 20 minutes. We still haven’t mastered putting you down for every sleep (I say we, it’s me, I love the cuddles). We only have to move our arm slightly and one of you eyes pop open to check what we are doing lol.

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You seem to have an internal radar that must set you off just as mummy is sat down to eat, so I’m rarely able to eat a meal with two hands lol. You are quite nosy and love to be watching everything that is going on around you, and can get quite irritated if you aren’t involved! You generally love going out in the pram and the car, which is great because it usually means the school runs are fairly smooth running!

We had some small hurdles to get over during the initial weeks of breastfeeding, but we are both so much better at it now and it is such a lovely bond between us both. You now take a dummy for comfort and struggle taking a bottle for a feed.

The longest we’ve been away from Flo is an hour and a half whilst mummy and daddy go to play badminton on a Sunday, and your Nanna and Grandma have loved spending that time with you.

Florence has definitely found her voice, and even more so in the past week as she’s discovered a new sound she can make- a little squeal of delight! She is such a smiley and happy baby, who loves it when mummy or daddy sing to her. Her whole face lights up when she is babbling away in response to you, and it is so lovely. Florence holds her head really well, and loves to be standing on your lap rather than laid down being held. She likes comfort, whether this be holding your finger or a soft blanket. She has definitely discovered her hands, and often grasps at my hair or daddy’s beard (ouch!).

We have so many daft nicknames that we’ve just picked up along the way and I’m going to include these in each of your updates as a little memory.

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Thank you for reading. 

Lifestyle, Product Review

Bakerdays Product Review

We very kindly were sent a bakerdays letterbox cake to celebrate my Graduation.

As with any parcel delivery, there are worries about it arriving safely and completely in tact. I can say that when ordering a bakerdays cake there would be no reason to worry as it was packaged very well. The cake itself was in a tin, then placed in the box with protective packaging ensuring the tin didn’t move inside the cardboard box.

The website was easy to navigate myself around and I enjoyed looking at all the cakes available for different events or special days. The letterbox cake is 5″ and serves 3-4 people, however there are other sizes and products available.

In terms of flavour, we chose lovely lemon drizzle, but other options available were;

  • Traditional sponge
  • Rich chocolate chip
  • Gluten wheat free sponge
  • Dairy free sponge
  • Fabulous fruit

I’d like to thank bakerdays for sending me one of their personalised letterbox cakes and allowing me and my family to review their product. We all enjoyed having a slice and think it is a wonderful business idea to be able to send an edible gift straight to loved ones right from the comfort of your own home! With next day delivery and cakes that stay fresh for 14 days, what’s not to love?!

Bakerdays can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,  as well as through their website- bakerdays

Thank you for reading.